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North lexas coach takes blame for nightmarish loss
By Tim Pearson
Before Nebraska’s 76-14 victory over his
team Saturday, North Texas coach Dennis
Parker said he thought his team had a chance of
coming into Lincoln and possibly stealing a
victory from the Comhuskers.
Now Parker is sorry he ever set foot in
“It was a real nightmare,” Parker said. “I
take all the blame for us losing the ballgame 76
14,1 apologize to coach Osborne for us not
being a more worthy opponent.”
k l^°!t?oTnXas’ a Division I-AA school, fell
behind 28-0 in the first quarter.
Parker said the Huskers’ quick start stunned
u “EXclXS*in8 80t off real bad, real quickly,”
he said. They took the ball and drove it the
length of the field. I was hoping for some
emotion. But we threw an interception and they
ran a punt back, and we hadn’t even tightened
up our belts yet.”
Eagles quarterback Mitch Maher said Ne
braska s quick start was devastating.
“They got points right off the bat, and that’s
tough, Maher said.‘it was kind of like a shot
in the face.”
Parker said it was tough for his team to
simulate the Huskers in practice, and that made
it even tougher to defend against Nebraska in
“It’s like a mind game,” he said. “We can’t
simulate the running back or their quickness
defensively. That hurt us. I just didn’t do a good
job of coaching.”
Nor did he do a good job of forecasting the
outcome of the game, Parker said.
“I should’ve been a little more realistic,” he
said. “I’ve never coached a good loss. I’ve
coached a long time, and 76-14 is bad. This was
tough on me because I was stupid enough to
think that we could come in here and win it.”
Despite the big defeat, the trip to Lincoln
was worthwhile, Parker said. North Texas was
paid $275,000 for playing Nebraska.
“I think it was worth it,” he said. “I played at
Southeast Oklahoma, and there are a lot of
schools that never experience the build-up, the
hype, the 76,000 people in the stands.
“It’s an experience our kids won’t ever
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pain initially, Frazier said he felt like
he could have re-entered the game.
“I wanted to get back into the
game, but after talking with coach
Osborne, we decided that it might not
be the best decision,” Frazier said
Osborne said that if the circum
stances would have been different,
Frazier may have returned.
“If we were playing Colorado or
Oklahoma, he probably would have
talked his way out onto the field,”
Outside linebacker Donta Jones
also sprained an ankle against North
The 6-foot-2,210-pound junior said
the ankle was sore after the game but
he expected to return for the Texas
Despite the injuries to Frazier,
Calvin Jones and Donta Jones,
Osborne said that he was please with
the overall performance of the Husk
ers. But, he added, he wished the
game could have been more compet
“I’m sorry about the score, but I
didn’t know what to do about it,”
North Texas coach Dennis Parker
said the lopsided score was not
“It was a real nightmare,” Parker
said . “If they are asking Coach Osborne
about letting tire score get run up this
bad that's our fault. I take all the
blame for us losing the ballg&me 76
14.1 apologize to Coach Osborne for
us not being a more worthy oppo
Continued from Page 8
feels confident on the field.
“I have never doubted my ability,"
Berringer said. “1 felt like I could go
in and play and play well. I think I can
go out and do everything the offense
asks of me.”
Along with Berringer, Veland also
got a chance to show nis talent Satur
Veland completed 6-of-9 passes
for 76 yards with one touchdown
through the air and another on the
Frazier complimented the perfor
mance of his replacements.
“They did an exceptional job. I
think that they showed that they are
capable to go into abig game,” Frazier
Veland, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound
sophomore from Omaha, is battling
Berringer for the backup quarterback
job and said that after their perfor
mances on Saturday that the job was
still up for grabs.
One thing that could hurt Veland’s
chances for securing the backup role
was an interception he threw midway
through the second quarter which led
to North Texas’s first touchdown.
*‘I am trying to concentrate on get
ting my turnover ratio down, and I
have been doing a pretty good job in
practice,” Veland said.
Veland said that the injury to Frazier
was a warning to the backup quarter
“The injury to Tommie tells me
and Brook that we have to be ready,”
Berringer agreed and said he
thought he and Veland answered any
questions people may have had about
Nebraska’s depth at quarterback.
“I think it shows that we have three
or four guys that can come in and play
well,” Berringer said.
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